Franklin Street

Franklin Street sits at the northern edge of campus and it is the most famous stretch of pavement in Chapel Hill. Many of the businesses on Franklin Street cater to students. 

Students often rush Franklin Street after a win against Duke in basketball. Chapel Hill’s Homegrown Halloween event, which at its peak attracted nearly 32,000 college students from across the state, is held on Franklin Street.

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Disgruntled with Chapel Hill parking? So are Franklin Street businesses

Since last July, eleven stores and restaurants in downtown Chapel Hill have closed their doors. Is lack of parking the culprit? Parking in downtown Chapel Hill is an issue that community members and business owners alike have felt. Shops on Franklin Street need parking for their employees, but also for patrons who cannot walk from one place to another. Some businesses even find that passersby go elsewhere where parking is more convenient, thereby driving away local business traffic.  A few newer solutions popped up, like Park on the Hill, which attempt to maximize parking availability. But dissatisfaction is still high.


The sign for Cosmic Cantina hangs above Franklin St. on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

'We're a part of the campus:' UNC's long-term plan for Cosmic Cantina

Cosmic Cantina has been serving up low-cost, high-quality burritos for 20 years in Chapel Hill. Although a recent UNC plan proposes replacing it and other businesses with a welcoming gateway to campus, changes are years down the road.  Part of the UNC Master Plan proposes using an entire section of buildings surrounding Porthole Alley for a number of projects. This plan left students and store owners confused about the future of Cosmic Cantina, a beloved Mexican restaurant on Franklin Street.